PhD Position or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 08, 2015

Deadline: Oct 25, 2015

PhD Position or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics, University of Oslo

A three year PhD position (SKO 1017) or a Postdoctoral Fellow position (SKO 1352) for a qualified candidate with background in computer science, statistics or biology is available at the Department of Immunology. The project is located at the research group of Associate Professor Shuo-Wang Qiao, at the Centre for Immune Regulation (CIR, a Research Council of Norway and FOCIS Centre of Excellence,, University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine. The candidate will also be co-supervised by Associate Professor Geir Kjetil Sandve at the Department of Informatics, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The candidate will conduct the work at both locations.

The purpose of the PhD position is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The Fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine. Appointment to a PhD research Fellowship is conditional upon admission to the Faculty’s research training programme. Further information about application and admission to the PhD programme can be found here.

The main objective of appointment to the position of postdoctoral fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Job Description

The candidate for this position will work mostly with the analysis of sequencing data of immune cells obtained by high-throughput DNA sequencing. The project will have emphasis on transcriptomics data generated from single cells. This is a cutting-edge field where much development work is needed to adapt already existing RNAseq data analysis tools to single-cell data. It may be useful to exploit existing computational infrastructure available through open-source platforms like the Galaxy system, as well as disseminating novel methodology through the implementation of tools to be contributed to such platforms. The candidate will work closely with the team that generates data in the lab to appreciate the biological significance of the work, as well as be supervised by Associate Professor Sandve who has the bioinformatics expertise. The successful applicant will work in an interactive multidisciplinary centre of scientists and in a strong academic environment.

For further information about the project, please contact Associate Professor Shuo-Wang Qiao (, or Associate Professor Geir Kjetil Sandve (


  • We are looking for a highly motivated and structured candidate with collaborative qualities.
  • For appointment as a PhD candidate, the applicant must have a Master’s degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian Master’s degree) in computer science, statistics or biology.
  • For appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant must have a PhD degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) in computer science, statistics or biology.
  • Experience with bioinformatics is considered an advantage.
  • The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for PhD candidates and Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

We offer

  • A challanging and friendly working environment
  • Salary based on salary level 50-57 (NOK 430 500 – NOK 483 700) for a PhD candidate and salary level 57-65 (NOK 483 700 – 560 700) for a Postdoctoral Fellow, depending on qualifications
  • Favourable pention arrangement
  • Attractive welfare benefits


The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a ½ page motivation statement and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work, scientific publications and other relevant activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee. Note: Applicants are advised not to attach the publications themselves. They should only provide a list.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

 The application with the required attachments should preferably constitute as few files as possible, preferably 1-2 files.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments is to be registered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of sex or ethnicity.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

Job type:  Contract

Working hours:  Full-time

Reference number:  2015/11664

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Human Resources Adviser Thoril Kristiansen (only inquiries regarding the application form)
Telephone: +47 22 84 46 99

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